African American Contributions to the Americas’ Cultures

A Critical Edition of Lectures by Alain Locke

  • Jacoby Adeshei Carter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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    Pages 1-6
  3. The Negro’s Contribution to the Culture of the Americas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Jacoby Adeshei Carter
      Pages 9-22
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      Pages 73-88
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      Pages 89-103
  4. “Like Rum in the Punch”: The Quest for Cultural Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 175-184

About this book


 This book is a critical edition of six lectures by Alain Leroy Locke, the intellectual progenitor of the Harlem Renaissance. In them, Locke offers an Inter-American philosophical account of important contributions made by Afrodescendant peoples to the art, literature, and culture of various American societies. Locke offers a prescient vision of the intersection of the three Americas: Latin (South) America, the Caribbean, and North America. The book has two main parts: First, are the lectures, which all relate to the themes of black cultural contributions throughout the Americas, minority representation and marginalization in democratic contexts, the ethics of racial representation, the notion of cultural transformation and transparency, and the ethical issues involved in cross-cultural exchanges. The second portion of the book is a critical interpretive essay that elucidates the Inter-American philosophical significance of the lectures and their relevance to current philosophical discussions. 


African American Philosophy Alain Locke Africana Philosophy American philosophy Pragmatism Latin American Studies Caribbean Studies American Studies African American Literature Philosophy of Race Haiti Studies Cultural Pluralism culture democracy John Locke USA

Authors and affiliations

  • Jacoby Adeshei Carter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyJohn Jay College, CUNYNew YorkUSA

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